Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey on Friday signed a bill that would end the public health emergency declared 15 months ago due to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic, but also part of the powers of the governor’s pandemic expansion to 2022.
“This legislation ensures that the Administration has the necessary tools and flexibility to continue vaccination and testing, to ensure protection for vulnerable populations, and to oversee and coordinate the health care system to address this ongoing threat. , “Murphy, President of the Senate of New Jersey, Stephen Sweeney (D), and Speaker of the Assembly Craig Coughlin (D) spoke in a joint statement.
The account was instituted by Coughlin and Sweeney in both houses of the New Jersey legislature after Memorial Day long weekend, quickly followed and passed two days later by both the New Jersey Assembly and the Senate, without any Republican support.
The legislation backfired on New Jersey, against the expansion of executive powers for the governor. They protested outside the State House in Trenton, New Jersey, on June 3. Several New Jersey lawmakers have opposed the bill on a rally organized by the protesters.
New Jersey Assemblyman Jay Webber (R), who voted against the bill, said on Twitter: “The bill was added to the agenda late Friday before a long weekend, and the text was only available late Tuesday.”
The fight never stops in the Trenton Swamp.
Today, I will vote against a bill giving Governor Murphy intrusive & unilateral “tools to manage” pandemic policy.
The bill was added to the agenda late Friday before a long weekend, and the text wasn’t available until late Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/cghdEP5Xyq
— Jay Webber (@JayWebberNJ) June 3, 2021
Sen O, Steven Oroho (R), New Jersey, proposed a “hostile amendment” to the bill to put an immediate end to the public health emergencies and to strip the governor of the power to spend federal aid funds without overseeing legislation, according to a statement on its website.
However, the amendment was blocked by the Democratic majority in the Senate in New Jersey.
Oroho raised the bill in his speech during a debate on the Senate floor and said that ‘the bill would only end the public health emergency.’
He warned that Murphy could enforce its executive orders and restrictions, such as a mandate for children to wear masks until next year, although children have very little risk of infection.
More than 10,000 New Jerseyans have a petition Urge Murphy to “unmask” their children.
Oroho added that the mandates held by the governor are “unnecessary” because “infection rates are dropping and signs of the virus are rapidly disappearing.”
Oroho also pointed out that the bill would adversely affect landlords by extending the moratorium on evictions until next year. “People who own rental properties, for example, will have to wait until next year to relieve tenants who have not paid rent.”
However, landlords are “still forced to pay their [property] tax bills every quarter without relief, ”he said.
The legislation also does not address what critics say was a lack of transparency by the Murphy government to prevent residents from obtaining records and documents about the deaths of family members in nursing homes and veterans’ homes in the state, Oroho said.
‘If this bill becomes law, [thousands of families] may never get the answers they deserve. ”
Oroho has demanded legislative oversight of the expenses of the governor of the federal aid funds, claiming that $ 2.4 billion of CARES Act funds have already been spent incorrectly and are not being used to effectively help struggling New Jersey people. More than a third of the small businesses have disappeared and two million people have lost their jobs due to closures in New Jersey, Oroho pointed out.
Without supervision, the new federal funds that have just been sent to New Jersey could be misused, the Senator said.
New Jersey lawmaker Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D), who also sponsored the bill, said in a statement to local media: “Science and data show us it’s time to end the public health emergency.” However, 13 out of 120 pandemic-related executive orders will remain in force under the new laws.
“This bill provides a reasonable and pragmatic approach to ending the health emergency,” Chiaravalloti said.
The new legislation requires that any rules regarding masks, social distance and collection are not stronger than CDC guidance. If there is a significant increase in hospitalizations, infections or the transmission of COVID-19, the rules may be more restrictive, the bill reads.
Sen. Kip Bateman (R), New Jersey, also criticized the bill, told in the Senate“There is a reason why there are three equal branches of government, and there is a reason why democracy works as well when the people are involved.”
‘This bill has not been properly reviewed. This bill should have been in committee. It should have had the opportunity to hear from the public; these are very important issues, ”Bateman said, adding that his office had received hundreds of calls and emails from parents concerned that their children had to keep wearing masks for seven to eight hours a day.
The Epoch Times reached out to the office of Phil Murphy, governor of New Jersey, for comment.